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first_img Published on November 29, 2010 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: [email protected] | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+ Commentscenter_img New Hampshire’s Denise Beliveau caught the ball at the free-throw line early in the first half against Syracuse Monday. She turned, fired and buried a 15-foot jump shot from the middle of the Orange defense. Along the SU sideline, Quentin Hillsman clapped his hands and bellowed the words ‘no high post’ as his team retreated down the court. Syracuse’s head coach could only shake his head in frustration as his team broke one the most basic defensive principles for the fifth time in the first half. ‘That’s one of our zone’s principles is not letting the ball get to the high post,’ he said. ‘I was quite shocked how many times they got the ball there because that’s something we normally do a very good job of. I was really kind of taken aside by that.’ In the opening minutes of Monday’s 87-46 win against New Hampshire, the visiting Wildcats exploited the middle of the Syracuse (4-0) defense. The offense ran through the hands of New Hampshire’s (1-4) interior players, who continually flashed to the free-throw line to receive passes. But it took fewer than nine minutes for the Orange defense to adjust, taking away the Wildcats’ only consistent attack and blowing the game open in front of 1,014 at the Carrier Dome. With New Hampshire’s post players catching the ball at the free-throw line, it gave the offense a two-headed attack early on. On two of the team’s early possessions, Jill McDonald and Kate Early each turned and buried a 15-foot jump shot. But subsequent possessions saw the Wildcats’ bigs turn and kick the ball out the perimeter for open 3-point attempts.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Ten of the team’s first 16 points came on baskets assisted by passes from the free-throw line. The Wildcats hit four consecutive 3-point baskets and jumped out to a 16-11 lead less than seven minutes into the game. ‘They were bringing players from different areas (to the high post),’ SU senior guard Erica Morrow said. ‘There is a lot of communication that comes from our forwards and our center also, because our (the guards’) backs are turned.’ But once that communication was improved, the tide of the game changed completely. On New Hampshire’s first possession after a media timeout midway through the first half, SU guard Tasha Harris slid in behind the Wildcats’ cutter. When McDonald caught the ball, she couldn’t turn. The offense stalled, and SU forced a shot-clock violation. After UNH held that 16-11 advantage, it made just three field goals over the final 11-plus minutes of the first half. The team began 4-of-10 from the 3-point range but finished the half just 1-of-8. ‘We just made a conscious effort to not give them open looks,’ Hillsman said. ‘It just becomes a point of us locking things down.’ Part of the Wildcats’ early success was due to an element of surprise. After watching tape of all four of UNH’s prior games this season, Hillsman said its offense was drastically different to open Monday’s game. New Hampshire set screens in different areas and brought players who were cutting to the high post from new spots on the floor. Once the SU defense became aware, UNH’s entire attack was neutralized. After falling behind 16-11 early, the Orange outscored the Wildcats 31-7 for the rest of the first half. Later in the contest, that advantage had extended to 43 at one point. One simple adjustment to take away the free-throw line changed the entire complexion of the game. That’s why it’s one of the zone’s basic principles. ‘If we take away the high post and box out,’ Harris said, ‘then we’ll win the game by 30 or 40 points.’ SU did just that. The Wildcats managed only 10 points in the paint throughout the game and finished at a 28 percent clip from beyond the arc. The ability to dump the ball down low or set up 3-point shooters was gone, and so was New Hampshire’s chance to win the game. ‘If you take that high post away, it usually shuts down most offenses,’ SU center Kayla Alexander said. ‘Take away the high post, 3-point shooters and rebound — that’s an easy way to get a win.’ [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgKCCA FC have won all their last five league games. (PHOTO/KCCA FC)Uganda Premier LeagueKCCA FC vs URA FCStarTimes Stadium, LugogoWednesday, 20-11-2019 @4pmLUGOGO – KCCA FC will be hoping to continue their excellent run of form when they host URA FC at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo on Wednesday afternoon.The Kasasiros are currently on a five-game winning run in the league and look very much on course to returning among the top two.In the last few weeks, they have defeated Onduparaka, Maroons, Police, Express and ended Vipers unbeaten start last Saturday.For the last two games, they have won minus the core of their side. Charles Lukwago, Nicholas Kasozi and Allan Okello have all been absent due to national team engagements.With the international break now out of the way, the trio will be available for selection, something that is a welcome boost to the team.“It is a good boost, but they’ll have to show us we missed them by winning, said KCCA FC head coach Mike Mutebi on Tuesday.“We hope their return helps us.”With the trio now back, Mutebi faces a selection headache as those that filled in for them have been impressive.Jamil Malyamungu who stepped in for Charles Lukwago in goal has conceded just once in two games and put out a match-winning performance against Vipers as he saved a late Allan Kayiwa curling strike to ensure KCCA walk away with all three points on Saturday. Whether Mutebi sticks with him in goal or he recalls his captain, remains to be seen.Erisa Ssekisambu and Gift Ali who patched up for Allan Okello and Nicholas Kasozi respectively, have also impressed but them continuing in the starting team is once again down to Mutebi and his technical team.A win for KCCA FC will take them into 4th with 25 points. Having played four games less than Vipers, the Kasasiros can assume top spot at the end of the first round if they win all their remaining five games.For URA FC, they have also not been performing badly in the past few weeks.Losing just one of their last eight is not a bad statistic but just like last season, Sam Simbwa’s side are drawing far too many games.In the period (last 8 games), they have drawn five games and won the other two on top of losing once.Scoring goals is another issue that they need to overcome if they are to turn the would-be draws into victories. The Tax Collectors have scored just six goals in their last 10 games with two coming in the win over Onduparaka away from home.Having defeated KCCA FC 2-1 in the reverse fixture last season, URA will head into the contest thinking they can do it again, something that worries Mutebi.“Yes, we lost to URA last season. It was the only team that beat us here so they do have the belief that they can do it here.“They have a coach who believes he has the capacity and the players to do it, and he knows KCCA because he was here, but for us we are never under pressure.“We don’t put pressure on players. All these players know they have a responsibility to win. URA is a good team, but i think we have quite enough in our armory so we will try to win.”Match FactsThis will be the 19th meeting between the two sides since December 2010.In the past 18 meetings, KCCA FC have won six, URA seven with the other five all ending in draws.This fixture has produced just two away victories in the last 11 meetings with the home side winning on six occasions and the other three ending in draws.However, it produced two away victories last season including URA’s 2-1 win at Lugogo.KCCA FC come into the game having won all their last five league games, scoring 14 goals and conceding just four in the process.At home, the Kasasiros are yet to lose a game this season, winning four and drawing one of their opening five.For URA FC, they head into the encounter having lost only one of their last 8 games (W2 D5).Away from home, the Tax Collectors have already lost two games this season (W2 D2).Yesterday’s UPL Results-Proline FC 3-2 Maroons FCComments Tags: allan okelloChrales Lukwagoerisa ssekisambuGift AliJamil MalyamunguMike Mutebinicholas kasoziUganda Premier LeagueURA FClast_img read more